Ebb and Flow

Ah yes. The ebb and flow of blogging. More ebb here lately than flow. But I feel that changing a bit, which is nice. We'll see how long it lasts. I just have some thoughts percolating that seem like need a bit more space and time than a Facebook post.

I have a feeling that if you check my archives, you will find that I often pick blogging back up around this time each year. Some years it lasts longer than others. Will be interesting to see what this time holds. I'm getting better with seeing life as a series of experiments...the more I am willing to give something a try without holding onto specific expectations as to the outcome, the easier life seems to become. 

There is something revitalizing about this time of year normally but I am finding this to be the case even more so this year. Maybe it is the very strange (and long and snowy and extremely cold) winter we are just coming off (it snowed just last weekend!) that is making the spring weather today feel that much more special. Or the fact that some personal/emotional issues are clearing up a bit and I am finding some more breathing room.

The 2014 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair a couple of weeks ago was particularly reinvigorating...not only did I get to enjoy the energy that comes from being with hundreds of homeschoolers new and old, but I also got to hang out with some of my favorite people that I don't often get to see in person, including my long-time friend and mentor, Cindy Gaddis and the always enjoyable Julie Bogart

Jason is currently a junior and I feel that we are finally settling into this "homeschooling high school" thing. After a bit of "homeschool panic" at the start, I am now feeling more comfortable, if not with knowing exactly where he is headed, with at least knowing that he is headed somewhere and has the ability and desire figure it out. Kind of exciting to watch actually. But more on that in later posts. 

I find that my ideas of what "high school" should look like are morphing and I am seriously questioning the traditional approach (4 years of taking as many academic classes and extra curricular activities leading directly into a 4 year college where you choose what you want to do for the rest of your life (at the very tender age of 18)). Which I suppose makes sense, seeing as we have been off the beaten path for the past 12 years of our schooling.

Homeschooling has led to many shifts in my thinking...one of those shifts being that I have come to see how much more flexible our options almost always are. There is more than one way to skin a cat, as they say. Which for someone who has always been very concerned about "doing things the right way" has been very liberating. 

So I am back (for a little while anyways!) If you are still reading, thank you as always. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well as find my photography page on SmugMug. I'm on Twitter and Flickr as well, but haven't done too much with them lately. 

Happy Spring!